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ACSM Exercise Is Medicine® Credential

A Prescription for Partnership

Do you want to safely and effectively develop, implement and lead exercise programs for patients and work in collaboration with health care providers? ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) Credential equips you to help create sustained lifestyle and behavioral changes for people with acute and chronic diseases.

Why Earn Your ACSM Exercise is Medicine® Credential?

ACSM Exercise is Medicine® Credentials are held by certified or degreed exercise professionals who work closely with the health care community to promote collaboration between health care providers and exercise professionals. The outcome of this partnership is a closer relationship with clients who need fitness programming in order to change behaviors and reach stronger health outcomes.

The ACSM EIM Credential means that you’ll have the skills and knowledge necessary to safely and effectively develop, implement and lead exercise programs – and, you’ll know how to navigate the health care system in order to create and cultivate patient relationships. A Level 3 EIM Credential validates your knowledge for working with patients who need or are undergoing clinical monitoring, while Levels 1 & 2 focus on patients who have already been cleared for exercise.

The ACSM Exercise is Medicine® Credential embodies the gold standard – an innovative, knowledgeable combination of fitness-focused healthcare that leads to improved overall wellness.

Preparing for the ACSM EIM Exam

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$50

We want to make sure you are ready on exam day—which is why we offer a variety of study options designed to fit all schedules and all types of learning. Browse our study options below to see which one is most helpful for you!

EIM Study Options

The Exercise is Medicine® Credential contains three (3) levels, designed to serve clients and patients depending upon their health status.The eligibility requirements for the three credential levels vary, based on the following:

  • Your current fitness professional certification must be an NCCA-accredited certification. See a list of NCCA-accredited organizations here.
  • The level of your current NCCA-accredited certification, and your education level, determines the EIM credential level you can obtain. Those with bachelor's or master's degrees in Exercise Science qualify for higher level credentials.

Level 1

  • Patient Population: Individuals at low or moderate risk who have been cleared for independent exercise.
  • Credential Requirements:
    • NCCA accredited fitness professional certification
    • Successful completion of the EIM credential training course and EIM credential examination
    • EIM course and examination exempt for NCCA-accredited fitness certification and approved BS/BA in Exercise Science/Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology

Credential Exemptions:
To be exempt at Level 1, you must answer YES to both of the following:

  • I have a bachelor's degree or higher in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, or Kinesiology.
  • I have a current NCCA accredited fitness certification.

Level 2

  • Patient Population: Individuals at low, moderate, or high risk who have been cleared for independent exercise.
  • Credential Requirements:
    • Approved BS/BA in Exercise Science/Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology
    • NCCA accredited fitness professional certification
    • Successful completion of the EIM credential training course and EIM credential examination
    • EIM course and examination exempt for certifications with an emphasis on special populations (ACSM EP-C, ACSM-CEP, ACSM-RCEP, ACE Medical Exercise Specialist).

Credential Exemptions:
To be exempt at Level 2, you must answer YES to both of the following:

  • I have a bachelor's degree or higher in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, or Kinesiology.
  • I have a current NCCA accredited certification with an emphasis on special populations (ACSM EP-C, ACSM CEP, ACSM RCEP, ACE Medical Exercise Specialist).

Level 3

  • Patient Population: Individuals at low, moderate, or high risk including those requiring clinical monitoring
  • Credential Requirements:
    • Approved MS/MA Exercise Science/Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology OR approved BS/BA in Exercise Science/Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology plus 4,000 hours of experience in a clinical exercise setting.
    • NCCA accredited clinical exercise certification
    • EIM credential course and EIM credential examination exempt for those with ACSM CEP or ACSM RCEP.

Credential Exemptions:
To be exempt at Level 3, you must answer YES to both of the following:

  • I have a master's degree in Exercise Science OR I have a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science with 4,000 hours of experience in a clinical exercise setting.
  • I have a current ACSM CEP or ACSM RCEP certification.

Regardless of the patient level that the exercise professional is working with, each credential level requires exercise professionals to be certified by a National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accrediting organization. A formal education (B.S. or M.S. degree in exercise science) provides the exercise professional additional opportunities to work with patients who are at higher risk.

Claiming Your EIM Exemption

Those who are exempt from the EIM course and exam must complete this application and submit with payment. Be sure to include your degree name and college or university attended. You may be required to submit transcripts and certificates from other certification organizations to ensure all exemption requirements are met.

Workshops

Prepare for & take your ACSM Exercise is Medicine® Credential exam during our 2-day, in-person workshop. Register for an upcoming workshop near you to learn from industry experts and earn your EIM credential.

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Alexis Batrakoulis, CPT, EP-C, EIM2

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